New International Version
But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from."
King James Bible
Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
Darby Bible Translation
But [as to] this [man] we know whence he is. Now [as to] the Christ, when he comes, no one knows whence he is.
World English Bible
However we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from."
Young's Literal Translation
but this one -- we have known whence he is; and the Christ, when he doth come, no one doth know whence he is.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
No man knoweth whence he is - The generality of the people knew very well that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, in the city, and of the family, of David; see John 7:42. But, from Isaiah 53:8, Who shall declare his generation? they probably thought that there should be something so peculiarly mysterious in his birth, or in the manner of his appearing, that no person could fully understand. Had they considered his miraculous conception, they would have felt their minds relieved on this point. The Jews thought that the Messiah, after his birth, would hide himself for some considerable time; and that when he began to preach no man should know where he had been hidden, and whence he had come. The rabbins have the following proverb: Three things come unexpectedly:
1. A thing found by chance.
2. The sting of a scorpion: and,
3. The Messiah.
It was probably in reference to the above that the people said, No man knoweth whence he is. However, they might have spoken this of his parents. We know that the Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem, of the family of David; but no man can know his parents: therefore they rejected him: John 6:42, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?
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If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.--JOHN 7:37. My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.--O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
One Saying with Two Meanings
Answer to Mr. W's Sixth Objection.
Want of Universality in the Knowledge and Reception of Christianity, and of Greater Clearness in the Evidence.
They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"
Others said, "He is the Messiah." Still others asked, "How can the Messiah come from Galilee?
We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from."
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